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    Premier Icon Bregante
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    If I did have any, it’d be false modesty

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    I used to be rather conceited and arrogant, but not anymore, now I am perfect.

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    The whole thing seems aimed towards forcing people to commit to going on loads of courses to address ‘issues’. I suspect our HR bod has got an objective to do with courses…..

    I’m addicted to crack cocaine

    Give me all your copper wire

    z1ppy
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    Damn you’ve written off my first choice, hows about
    What are your major weaknesses? Work too hard for too little money
    What actions are needed to overcome those? Be given a pay rise, or become less productive

    hora
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    Sorry in there I would write none.

    Bizarre question and I’d ask why (for what future) reason might it be used.

    jekkyl
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    Oh, yes, ’cause, like, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, actually!
    Yes, I am. See, for me, it’s got to be the best, or it’s nothing at all. Like things get a bit dodgy, I just cannot be bothered.
    But, hey, I’m getting good vibes about this interview thing today, though, man. Seems to me like it’s going pretty well, eh?

    Thank you, Mr. Murphy……….We’ll let you know

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    Or

    A complete inability to look objectively at my own performance

    Someone else to tell me if I’m doing my job properly or not

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    What are your major weaknesses?
    What actions are needed to overcome those?

    Oh my lord are we back in the 1990s?

    Houns
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    Right now it’d be Tunnocks tea cakes *eats 4th*

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    Bizarre question and I’d ask why (for what future) reason might it be used.

    Pretty sure no one will ever read it. Our HR lass has just been given free reign to come up with yet another objectives form (ever year they’re completely different). It’s also one of the worst bits of Excel worksheet creation I’ve ever seen – she has no idea how to format or merge cells…..

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    Right now it’d be Tunnocks tea cakes *eats 4th*

    Best so far!

    Invoke the US 5th Amendment – the bit about protecting individuals from being forced to incriminate themselves.

    I quite like Bregante’s answer though.

    xterramac
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    weakness = internet porn (still!)
    action needed = filters for my laptop, pc, phone, tablet.

    Houns
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    *5th*

    I’ve only one left 😥

    alpin
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    procrastination… motivating myself when i’ve not got any work on.

    long list of jobs (admittedly the GF’s list) to do but usually find sitting watching/reading the net and having a cheeky smoke around midday means the list never gets any shorter.

    Junkyard
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    What are your major weaknesses? Incredibly low tolerance to inane questions.
    What actions are needed to overcome those? You need to leave me alone as I have work to do.

    fasthaggis
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    What are your major weaknesses?

    Procrastination and indecision

    What actions are needed to overcome those?

    More time to make a suitable action list ,that will then prioritise my tasks in a way that will fit my very individual work style.

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    1 -stress
    2 – more holiday.

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    The whole thing seems aimed towards forcing people to commit to going on loads of courses to address ‘issues’. I suspect our HR bod has got an objective to do with courses…..

    In which case:

    Vitamin D deficiency and a dislike of foreign food?

    mogrim
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    The whole thing seems aimed towards forcing people to commit to going on loads of courses to address ‘issues’. I suspect our HR bod has got an objective to do with courses…..

    You could perhaps use this to your advantage – are there any courses you want to do? Perhaps put “railing berms + doubles” as weaknesses, and “Jedi skills course” as the action?

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    Vitamin D deficiency and a dislike of foreign food?

    Sadly, avoiding work related travel is one of my ‘secret’ personal objectives….

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    Major weakness – the girls in the HR department
    Actions to overcome – soiled underwear from each of them.

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    Hookers.

    Pay rise.

    female homosapiens and procrastination

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    My general issue with these things has always been that I think organisaitons ought to play to their employees’ strengths, rather than focussing on weaknesses (since there is no universal concept of weakness (outside of criminal and anti-social behaviour), only suitability to the job you’re paid to do).

    However, having been through a lengthy psyochmetric testing exercise last year in work, I now have a good idea of what my “strengths” and “weaknesses” are (or my suitability for my role and others within the business).

    To answer the question:

    Admitting or showing signs of weakness or vulnerability.
    Admit when I can’t do something, or if I need help.

    As a lawyer, this isn’t usually seen as a weakness (admitting you don;t know something is the weakness). But for so many other jobs, saying “I don’t know” and “Can you help me with this?” are pretty valuable tools.

    But it took a psychologist to get me to believe this….

    deluded
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    To be considered following 360 degree feedback from two of my underlings.

    Fully recognising & appreciating staff contributions.

    DrP
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    Major weakness – kryptonite
    Actions to overcome – deal with ‘Mr Luthor’ when the time comes…

    DrP

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    On that form, I would think of a course/skill that I would really like to do/attain and put that down.
    For example:

    What are your major weaknesses? Video Colour Grading
    What actions are needed to overcome those? Hardware suitable to run Adobe Speedgrade and a training course.

    loddrik
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    No ambition or potential.

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    For obvious reasons I’m not sure if this has already been mentioned: not reading the whole of the thread.

    Annual appraisals and Human Remains departments – two of the banes of modern corporate life.

    DrP
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    Major weakness – knives pressing firmly against my flesh
    Actions to overcome – carbon knuckle guards.

    DrP

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    So, our new 2014 HR objectives form has a Self Appraisal section on it, including:

    What are your major weaknesses?
    What actions are needed to overcome those?

    Now obviously I could put ‘spending too much time on STW’, but somehow I don’t think I will.

    Any better suggestions?

    HughStew
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    I’ve always wanted to reply to that unimaginative interview question “What are your 3 main weaknesses?” with “I’m lazy, stupid and dishonest.”
    Never had the cojones though.

    hora
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    If we are being honest. I’m slow to action. If someone takes the piss/acts rufty-tufty with me I’ll let them off. Guess thats also a major positive… I’ve not had to break someones nose for years :mrgreen:

    toby1
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    A love for punching people in HR.

    Oh, Hi ….

    Hmm, I could be approaching the job market again soon, I guess I have this and many other fun questions to look forward to!

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    Hmm, I could be approaching the job market again soon, I guess I have this and many other fun questions to look forward to!

    Best punch the HR person after you’ve got the job though…..

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